Entries by Jamie Leeming

Help For Renters Facing Eviction In Sefton

The eviction ban brought in due to the COVID-19 pandemic was lifted in Sefton on Sunday September 20th, leaving renters and landlords unsure about how to proceed. Campaigners have been calling for an extension to the eviction ban, with many believing it will lead to a rise in homelessness, reports The Champion. But landlords claim […]

Labour Leader Calls For Extension To Eviction Ban

Sir Keir Starmer says the evictions ban in England and Wales “must be extended” before the measure ran out on Sunday, and wants the government to offer “a credible plan to keep their promise that no renter will lose their home because of coronavirus”. The temporary ban, initially introduced in March to help those financially […]

Government Action Needed To Avoid A ‘Wave of Homelessness’

With the temporary eviction freeze ending in England and Wales yesterday (September 20), campaigners are urging the Government to extend it to prevent a wave of homelessness. Councils are calling on ministers to provide more cash to support renters, with fears that lifting the ban before the Job Retention Scheme ends could force thousands into […]

Free Online Training To Identify Modern Slavery Amongst The Homeless

Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, and Hestia, the lead support provider of advocacy for victims of modern slavery, have developed a free training package which explores the links between homelessness and modern slavery. The training has been specifically designed for homelessness organisations and sex work charities, as part of Project TILI. Project TILI is funded by Tampon Tax funding […]

Council Rejects Plan To Fine Rough Sleepers

An attempt by Conservative politicians to push through proposals to fine homeless people for sleeping in doorways in three coastal towns in Dorset has been rejected after an outcry from people across the UK. The Tory councillors in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are arguing that a tough regime is needed to ease residents’ concerns and […]

“Sustainable Fashion” Campaign Launched To Help The Homeless

risis, the national charity for homeless people, is launching a new campaign to coincide with the re-opening of its shops for the Autumn season on Monday 7th September. ‘Change into Change’ has been created to highlight the positive social impact buying second hand, sustainable fashion can have. Crisis has nine charity shops in key locations across London all selling quality pre-loved goods including […]

London’s Rough Sleepers Are Back On The Streets

Dozens of people have been pictured sleeping rough in one of London’s most affluent streets, as charities call for No 10 to find a long-term solution to help the homeless amid the pandemic. At least 20 men and women were seen wrapped in blankets lying on cardboard and dumped mattress outside a Mercedes showroom in […]

Radical Action Needed To Tackle A “Tsunami” Of Homelessness

Campaigners want empty commercial buildings to become makeshift shelters this winter as social distancing severely impacts the number of beds available for the expected “tsunami” of homelessness. Outreach teams are predicting a sharp rise in the number of people sleeping rough due to a perfect storm of factors caused or exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic […]

Far-Right Thugs Harass Asylum Seekers

A man has been charged with common assault after a far-right group targeted Coventry hotels used by the government to shelter asylum seekers during the pandemic. West Midlands’ police officers were called to reports of a disorder at the Coventry Hill hotel at 12.50pm on Saturday, reports The Guardian. “A man who works at the […]

Blanket Ban On Renting To Benefit Claimants “Unlawful”

Thousands of landlords are trying to avoid renting their properties to benefit claimants, despite a judge ruling a blanket ban was unlawful. About 75% of listings on the website OpenRent said the landlords would not accept people on benefits, reports the BBC. It comes after the ruling a single mother-of-two had experienced indirect discrimination when a […]